• (America) IPA: /ˈæbsɛs/, /ˈæbsɪs/

abscess (plural abscesses)

  1. (pathology) A cavity caused by tissue destruction, usually because of infection, filled with pus and surrounded by inflamed tissue. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
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abscess (abscesses, present participle abscessing; past and past participle abscessed)

  1. (intransitive) To form a pus-filled, cavity typically from an infection.

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